Linking to Facebook, Instagram, and Mastodon, which Twitter calls “prohibited platforms,” will no longer be allowed. This is the latest effort by Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner, to restrict free speech after he deleted a Twitter account last week that was monitoring his personal plane’s movements.
Twitter has announced that “going forward, Twitter will no longer allow free promotion of specific social media platforms on Twitter.” The company acknowledged that its users “may be active on other social media platforms,” but said it would not tolerate “free promotion of specific social media platforms” on its platform.
Mr. Musk tweeted an apology and promised that “going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes” just minutes before he posted a poll asking whether he should resign as CEO.
A poll asking users if Twitter should ban accounts that promote other social media platforms was launched a few hours later.
Social media giants like Facebook and Instagram are banned, along with upstarts like Mastodon, Tribel, Nostr, Post, and even former US president Donald Trump’s Truth Social.
Twitter didn’t explain why those seven sites were banned but others like Parler, TikTok, and LinkedIn weren’t.
Some people use social media link aggregators like Linktree to show off all the places you can find them online, but Twitter is cracking down on this practice by prohibiting its promotion.
Some, however, have pointed out that the new rule may be in violation of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) of the European Union, which will classify certain social media platforms as “gatekeepers” beginning in May of 2023.
According to the DMA, a gatekeeper platform may not “give its own services and products preferential treatment over those of third parties” on its platform.
They Cannot Restrict Users From Going Off-Platform To Shop, Either
Mr. Dorsey responded to a user’s post about the Nostr promotion ban by saying, “it doesn’t make sense.”Last week, the official Twitter account for Twitter competitor Mastodon tweeted about the @ElonJet controversy, prompting Twitter to take action against Mastodon.
In the weeks since Mr. Musk purchased Twitter for $US44 billion ($65.6 billion) in late October and began restoring accounts that ran afoul of the previous rules against hateful conduct and other harms, the popularity of Mastodon has skyrocketed as a possible alternative for Twitter users who are unhappy with Mr. Musk’s overhaul of the company.
Users on Twitter are increasingly directing their followers to their new profiles on Mastodon. That’s been made illegal on Twitter, along with other methods of circumventing restrictions like writing “Instagram dot com” and a username instead of a URL.
When reached for comment, Instagram and Facebook parent company Meta did not immediately respond.
On Wednesday, Mr. Musk permanently deleted the @ElonJet account and altered Twitter’s policies to make it illegal to reveal the location of another user without their permission.
He then attacked reporters who had covered the story of the jet-tracking account, which is still accessible on Mastodon, Facebook, Instagram, and Truth Social, saying that they were spreading “basically assassination coordinates.”
Musk Polls Twitter Users About Whether He Should Step Down
Twitter users are being asked to vote on whether or not Elon Musk should continue to serve as the company’s CEO after Musk admitted on Sunday that he had made a mistake by instituting new speech restrictions that barred mentions of competing social media websites.
It’s yet another major policy shift for Twitter, which announced that it will no longer allow users to share content from “prohibited” sites like Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, and others.
However, the decision was met with immediate backlash, even from those who had previously defended Twitter’s new billionaire owner, prompting Musk to pledge that he would no longer make significant policy changes without first conducting an online survey of users.
Forgive me. After promising that this “won’t happen again,” Musk started a new poll asking whether or not he should resign as Twitter’s CEO. I’m going to have to agree with this survey’s findings.
Musk took this action to silence his competitors after he deleted a Twitter account last week that was monitoring the routes of his private jet.
Internet giants like Facebook and Instagram were banned, along with upstarts like Mastodon, Tribel, Nostr, Post, and even former president Donald Trump’s Truth Social. Twitter didn’t explain why those seven sites were banned but others like Parler, TikTok, and LinkedIn weren’t.
However, due to the sheer number of Twitter users around the world, it would have been impossible for the company to effectively enforce the ban on users who included the banned websites in their profiles. The company warned that attempts to circumvent the ban by directly spelling out “Instagram dot com” would also result in a suspension.
Paul Graham, a prominent venture capitalist who has previously praised Musk, provided a test case on Sunday when he told his 1.5 million Twitter followers that this was the “last straw” and that they could find him on Mastodon instead. A few hours after the policy change that resulted in the suspension of his Twitter account, Musk promised that it would be reversed.
Some Twitter Users Have Migrated To The Social Networking Service Mastodon
A competitor called Mastodon had its main account suspended after tweeting about the @ElonJet controversy last week, prompting Twitter to take action. Since Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion in late October and began restoring accounts that violated the previous
Twitter leadership’s rules against hateful conduct and other harms, Mastodon’s user base has grown rapidly in recent weeks as an alternative for Twitter users who are unhappy with Musk’s overhaul of Twitter.
In an effort to attract new followers, some Twitter users have provided links to their Mastodon profiles. In an effort to prevent people from getting around Twitter’s rules, such as by using the words “Instagram dot com” and a username instead of a clickable link, Twitter has banned this practice.
Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, did not immediately respond to a Sunday request for comment.
On Wednesday, Musk permanently deleted the @ElonJet account and altered Twitter’s policies to make it illegal to disclose the whereabouts of another user without their permission.
He then accused journalists of broadcasting “basically assassination coordinates” by writing about the jet-tracking account, which is still accessible on Mastodon, Facebook, Instagram, and Truth Social.
Last week, Twitter banned the accounts of a large number of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Voice of America, and others who employ journalists who cover Musk and the social media site. Because of Musk’s online poll, many of the accounts were reinstated.
This past weekend, Taylor Lorenz of The Washington Post joined the ranks of other journalists who have been temporarily suspended from Twitter.
Lorenz revealed that she and another technology reporter from the Post were investigating Musk for an article. She had previously tried to get in touch with the billionaire but had received no response, so on Saturday, she posted a tweet requesting an interview with Musk and tagging him in the tweet.
It was a response to Musk’s tweets about an alleged incident involving a “violent stalker” in Southern California earlier in the week and his complaints about journalists allegedly revealing his family’s location by referencing the jet-tracker account. The tweet didn’t specify what the topic was, though.